Definition of Portia tree
1. Noun. Pantropical tree of usually seacoasts sometimes cultivated as an ornamental for its rounded heart-shaped leaves and showy yellow and purple flowers; yields valuable pink to dark red close-grained wood and oil from its seeds.
Group relationships: Genus Thespesia, Thespesia
Generic synonyms: Tulipwood Tree
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Portia Tree
Literary usage of Portia tree
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1. The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia: Commercial by Edward Balfour (1885)
"... not get loosened at the roots ; this will prevent the trees leaning to one side. When a portia tree raised from seed is grown up, it will last for ages, ..."
2. Manual of the Administration of the Madras Presidency by Madras (Presidency) (1885)
"''Field where the portia tree was felled.' Portia, the English name of the Thes- pesia populnea, like Paras, ..."